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CA$ 19,530
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108
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Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Jul 31 2014
CA$ 19,530
pledged of CA$ 50,000pledged of CA$ 50,000 goal
108
backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Jul 31 2014

About

UPDATE - END OF CAMPAIGN

Dear friends, as our campaign is nearing its end, we would like to thank you for your generosity and support. Through this campaign, we have realized the significant interest and enthusiasm for our project and are very grateful. We've been rather low key during the last 40 days as we’ve have been focusing all our efforts on what is to come next (more information under the update tab). If you wish to stay up to date with our developments, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter (@Idenergie_Inc). We hope you keep on supporting us in our future endeavors. Thank you again! 

The Idénergie team

POWER UP ! is a project set up by Idénergie to help support living conditions and economic development in remote communities of our planet. There are 1.4 billion people around the world that still do not have access to electricity. We would like to build river turbines and send them to these populations in need. Not only can we provide a helping hand with electricity for lighting purposes, but also for many other functions; our river turbine can help support local agriculture by facilitating irrigation of fields, it can allow the use of plug-in insecticides to help reduce the spread of malaria or allow the use of water purification systems to improve access to clean drinking water.

Since the river runs 24 hours a day, our solution provides a reliable and consistent source of energy. In order to make all of this possible, WE NEED YOU! The funds collected during this campaign will help us produce our first batch of turbines. Once produced, we will test them locally and then send them to our execution partners in Africa and Amazonia. Let's POWER UP !

 ABOUT IDENERGIE

Pierre Blanchet, CEO and founder of Idénergie spent part of his childhood in Congo and visited many countries around the world. Through his travels, he was able to see first hand how populations in these areas deal with electricity or rather the lack thereof. Electricity plays a vital role in determining living conditions and community development. The desire to bring a practical and efficient solution grew over the years. However, it was only 4 years ago when he was completing his masters degree in renewable energy that the idea started becoming a reality. He realized that there were no practical solution for people to produce their own clean electricity from rivers just as it is possible with the sun and wind.  

Pierre joined forces with two partners with complimentary experience, Gilles Trottier and Denis Bastien, together they founded Idénergie. The first years were characterized by a series of experimentation in various rivers to verify the existing theories about run-of-the river turbines. They built three evolving prototypes to achieve the objective of a simple, efficient, easy to use and long lasting product. They succeeded and now have the first solution to easily generate electricity from the natural flow of a river. It will now join the solar panels and wind turbines in growing the residential renewal energy market. 

ABOUT THE TURBINE

Our river turbine is equipped with the first shaftless generator. A true innovation that procures a fully waterproof compartment to protect critical electronic components of the generating unit. We also developed ten versions of our generator in order to be efficient at low water velocity and power the electrical appliances of a residence. We then designed a smart converter to control the turbine and make sure it always operate at the optimal production level. It is reliable, efficient, simple and green! Among all the other renewable energy sources, only the river ensures a stable and continuous production of energy.

Idénergie's river turbine in action

more details can be found from our brochure by clicking here 

POWER PRODUCTION

This graph below demonstrates what the river turbine can power at different water velocities:

The power generated by the river turbine obeys a simple rule: the stronger the current, the more energy is produced. We are the first to have succeeded in developing a river turbine that generates electricity even at low water velocity (1 meter per second or about 2 knots). Our goal was to make the river turbine as effective as possible at various speeds.

ACCESS TO CLEAN ENERGY PRODUCTION FOR EVERYONE  

The idea behind the project was to create a river turbine that facilitates access to clean energy for everyone living near a river with a sufficient water flow. With only two or three people needed for an installation, the turbine is easy to install and connect to an existing electrical system. Additionally, the turbine is dismountable and easy to ship anywhere in the world.  

LET US SEND TURBINES TO EMERGING COUNTRIES WHERE IT CAN CONTRIBUTE SIGNIFICANTLY TO LIVING CONDITIONS AND LOCAL DEVELOPMENT  

For all these reasons, the river turbine could be a game changer for these isolated regions! Give us a hand to make a difference and show local governments and NGOs that WE ARE PART OF THE SOLUTION to help bring electricity to the 1.4 billion people without it.

MEET THE FOUNDERS!

Denis Bastien, Gilles Trottier, Pierre Blanchet
Denis Bastien, Gilles Trottier, Pierre Blanchet
  • Pierre Blanchet: President and Head of Research and Development, is responsible for the development of electrical and electronic technologies. Pierre holds a degree in Electrical Engineering and a Master of Engineering in renewable energies from the École de technologie supérieure (ETS). He is a born entrepreneur with a love for technological advancements, has great determination and is an excellent public speaker.

  • Gilles Trottier: Vice President Production and Quality, he provides leadership for the mechanical development. Gilles was previously co-owner of a company specializing in the sale and repair of forestry equipment. Equipped with a degree in mechanical engineering, he also has a second degree in renewable energy from the ÉTS university. His entrepreneurial experience is an important asset to the company, bringing wisdom and discipline. His deep hydrokinetic mechanical experience has made the river turbine strong and very reliable.

  • Denis Bastien: Vice-President Operations and Finance, he has over 15 years of varied experience in SMEs and global companies, such as Arthur Andersen and Black & Decker. Denis brings a wealth of knowledge in international trade gained through work experiences in the United States, Mexico and Europe. He has an accounting degree and is an American Chartered Accountant (CPA)

Risks and challenges

As it is a hardware project that involve many fields of expertise such as electronic and mechanic, there is many variables to take care of and various problems can pop-up. It's been already 3 years that we are working on this project and we clear most problems already via our 3 evolving prototypes. It is likely we will face some small technical challenges as we continue to improve our river turbine. The other challenge is to build user confidence in this technology.

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    High-five!! Thank you very much for your support! Every penny is important to us and we will need everyone's support to make it possible!

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    As you show great interest in our project, you will receive an exclusive video with a snapshot of all the experimentation we went through to make this product come true. It wasn`t always easy as you`ll see! Including winter testing!

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    Thank you for support, we have prepared you a very unique gift; a handcrafted keychain made from a segment of a turbine blade! Made from aluminium, this keychain has a wing-shaped profile inspired from the aeronautic industry! (shipping fee applies only outside USA & Canada)

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    At this level, we are offering you our Idénergie t-shirt, 100% cotton and printed locally. In addition, your name will be added to our "Bronze Contributor Wall" in a webpage dedicated to our campaign. (shipping fee applies only outside USA & Canada)

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    Something special for you! Receive our t-shirt with a thank you picture of the turbine and our friends in Africa. You will also join the Bronze contributors on our website. And once again thank you very much! (shipping fee applies only outside USA & Canada)

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    You are an engineer at heart and truly interested with our technology and what`s behind it? You want to learn more about it? Want to propose new research avenues or new ways to install the turbine? Have the opportunity to Skype with our team of engineers! You will get a t-shirt and be mentioned as an “honorary engineer” on our contributor wall! (shipping fee applies only outside USA & Canada)

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    We have prepared something truly unique: A foot long piece of blade engraved with the caption "Contributor to the first river turbine in the world". You will get a t-shirt and also be mentioned on our website wall as a "Silver contributor"! Thank you so much! (shipping fee applies only outside USA & Canada)

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    Pledge CA$ 1,000 or more About US$ 746

    We can see that you believe in our project and wish to show your support! Your name(or the name of your company) will be engraved, on one the generator casing of a turbine that will be sent to an isolated community. You will receive a personalized framed picture of the people you are directly helping, in their village, with the river turbine. Will send that with a T-shirt and you will be mentioned on our wall as a "Golden contributor". (shipping fee applies only outside USA & Canada)

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    You see a future in our turbine? In return for your generous contribution, you get to chance to spend 3 full days of hands-on training in the river. You will learn all about the turbine, the best way to install and many other useful information. After completion of this training you will automatically become a certified installer and may contribute, if you wish, to the worldwide distribution of our turbine.

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Funding period

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